The CRYOSTAT is an autonomously working rack mounted equipment. It provides two thermostat chambers, independently controlled by a processor via on/off switching of the current through peltier elements. The temperature profiles of the freezer and stabilizer are subdivided in a common number of steps, each one with a preprogrammable temperature gradient or at constant temperature. Core parameters can be reprogrammed by crew interaction in case of rescheduling the CRYOSTAT operation time due to changed mission requirements or contingency. Actions of the CRYOSTAT (e.g., opening the slide), the steps, actual temperature of the thermostat chambers, experiment time, and the housekeeping data are recorded on a built-in RAM and a tape. In each thermostat chamber, a specific sample container can be inserted which consists of a transparent Plexiglas block accommodating seven crystallization experiments.